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Johnny Cash’s To Do List

If only all to-do lists looked like this one from Johnny Cash. Featured in Lists of Note by Shaun Usher who has just published a book inspired by his popular blog, Letters of Note. Image courtesy of Julien's Auctions.   ...

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Lest we forget: the women poets of the first world war

There is a strong but neglected tradition of women's poetry written in response to the events of the First World War. Many of these poems are the products of direct experience of making weapons, nursing the wounded, the loss of brothers, sons, or lovers in the trenches as well as by women involved in the war effort at home. The range of this poetry is wide. It is often experimental and in advance of the mal ...

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Silver screen sushi & steak pie at Guy’s Restaurant, Glasgow

There's something of the Paris bistro about Guy's in Glasgow's merchant city. The decor, with its white wood panelling, wall hung china plates and modern art may be eclectic but it's a welcome change from the many interior-designed eateries in the city. It's also an interesting lesson in how important the shape of the location is to a restaurant's atmosphere; the 'busy neighbourhood bistro' feel is largely ...

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Avocado Sweet designer writes book! Introducing Craig Smith’s first novel

We are most excited that a member of the Avocado Sweet team, web designer Craig Smith, has only gone and written a book. His debut novel The Mile has just been published by Pilrig Press and has already attracted five star reviews on Amazon. It takes a fresh look at the Scottish independence debate through the eyes of a group of friends on a pub crawl up Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The cover features the the wor ...

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Terrible real estate photographs: bad photos, brilliant blog

Genius captioning makes Terrible Real Estate Photographs the funniest thing on the internet right now - enjoy. It’s the level of commitment shown here that sets this particular accidental selfie apart from the rest. He even got dressed up for the occasion. Drinking with my beg-your-pardon? Avoid using photographs which suggest that the photographer was slowly and quietly circling the house looking for an un ...

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Have a lyrical Halloween at The Scottish Poetry Library

An event to get your fangs into! ‘Tam O’Shanter’, ‘The Listeners’, ‘Goblin Market’, ‘The Raven’ – poetry and Halloween are made for each other. While the forces of darkness gather, head to the Scottish Poetry Library on 31 October for games, music, blood red wine and spooky films. Partygoers are invited to recite Halloween poems, dook for apples and take part in other traditional Halloween games. There will ...

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The Abbey walls will shake: Dunfermline Live kicks off this weekend!

Music of every genre from folk to Viking intergalactic thrash metal will ring out from over 20 venues this weekend as Dunfermline Live gets underway. More than 50 acts will perform including national festival headlining bands and young performers playing their first gigs. What makes the festival unique is that for one weekend a year the whole town becomes a music venue: as well as in theatres, clubs and bar ...

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Mother plays the banjo for her baby – as you do

Everything is lovely in this video of a mother playing the banjo for her baby. It bears no relation to the messy, noisy, chaotic scenes in my house when my babies were this age. Maybe I just didn't play the banjo enough... [video width="600" id="P1OL-YT3DcE" type="youtube"] ...

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Yoke up the children: powerful images of child labour in America

These powerful images were taken by photographer Lewis Hine on behalf of the National Child Labor Committee in America in the early 1900s. What is striking about the images is the adult expressions on the children's faces. The NCLC aimed to promote the rights and well-being of children in relation to working. Hine later referred to his photographic work for the NCLC as 'detective work.' These images are arc ...

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